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Honda links 11th U.S. death to faulty Takata airbags

12 July 2017

Honda says its service procedures recommend disconnecting the battery when working on the air bag system.

"For years now, Takata has told the public that their line of air bag inflators with moisture absorbent was safe".

The individual working on the vehicle in Florida died a day after sustaining injuries when the air bag deployed. The company has not been able to inspect the auto and is relying on police photos to make its determination, Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. The airbag inflator ruptured after it deployed.

"While the absolute cause of death may never be fully determined, Honda now considers this to be the 11th confirmed fatality in its vehicles related to Takata airbag inflator ruptures in the USA". The company would not release the man's name.

The Associated Press quoted Honda spokesman Chris Martin as having "noted that there is a deceleration sensor that activates the air bags mounted on the wall between the engine and passenger compartment".

"If even more are found to be defective, it will take us from the biggest recall ever to something that could become mindboggling".

"Our records indicate that the recall fix was never completed on this vehicle", Honda's statement said. USA supplier Key Safety Systems is set to purchase almost all of the company's global assets for $1.59 billion, which is still far short of what the company will ultimately face when all is said and done.

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The 2001 Accord has one of the most unsafe types of Takata driver's side air bag inflators.

According to Honda, Alpha inflators can have as high as a 50-50 chance of exploding and injuring an occupant. The company added that it had mailed 12 notices about the recall effort over almost seven years to the owners of the vehicle. Those models are the 2001 and 2002 Accord and Civic, the 2002 CR-V and Odyssey, the 2002 and 2003 Acura 3.2 TL, the 2003 Acura 3.2 CL and the 2003 Pilot.

Takata has recalled, or expects to recall, by 2019 about 125 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 60 million in the US.

Honda said Monday that it has sufficient replacement inflators to fix all of its cars subject to the recall.

Accounting for this latest fatality, the deaths of 17 people globally - including 12 in the United States - have been linked to the defective inflators, while more than 180 US-based injuries have been related to the issue. More than 180 people have been hurt in the USA alone. At least 17 deaths and 180 injuries worldwide are now linked to the issue.

Scott Caudill, chief operating officer of TK Holdings, Takata's U.S. unit, said in a court affidavit last month in its bankruptcy filing that the company "faces insurmountable claims" relating to the recalls and owes billions of dollars to automakers.

Green, who teaches at Harvard, has served as a mediator in many major cases, including the US Microsoft antitrust case, and now serves as a Justice Department monitor overseeing the implementation of billions of dollars in consumer relief linked to settlements with banks stemming from the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

Honda links 11th U.S. death to faulty Takata airbags